China Urges Iran to Uphold Its Right to 'Peaceful Use of Nuclear Power'
China has called on Iran to come to a long-awaited agreement with six world powers over its dubious nuclear program and "finish the last kilometer of the marathon talks well," without extending the deadline for the third time.
Foreign Minister Wang Yi said the talks between Tehran and the P5+1 powers (the US, Russia, China, Britain and France, plus Germany) were a "historic opportunity" to resolve the dispute over Iran's nuclear activities. "The negotiations have seen positive progress," he said in Tehran. While Iran insists it has no nuclear weapons ambitions, it is subject to wide-ranging Western and United Nations sanctions. Disagreements in the talks revolve around the extent of nuclear activities Iran will be allowed to continue and the timetable for the lifting of the sanctions. "Reaching comprehensive agreement is beneficial to Iran upholding its own legal rights, including the right to the peaceful use of nuclear power, and for the people of Iran to throw off the difficulties of sanctions as early as possible and focus on energetically developing the economy," Wang told his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif.
Iranian Foreign Minister has agreed that "the opportunity must be seized" for a deal, adding that Iran was ready "to show flexibility to reassure the P5+1 group." Zarif stated that China was a key member in the six world powers group and Iran counted on its role in helping to reach a "good" solution to the nuclear issue. Chinese Foreign Minister meanwhile noted that the deal would also help Iran finally escape from sanctions allowing the country to "energetically develop the economy." China and Iran have had close economic, trade and energy ties, as China's crude oil imports from Iran soared by nearly 30 percent last year to their highest level since 2011.